Paul Monies
Energy Reporter

Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and database editor for The Oklahoman. He is a native of Scotland who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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  • Oklahoma City, Tulsa metro economic growth paces jump ahead of national average

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma’s two largest metropolitan areas recorded annual growth at double the rate of most other metro areas in the nation last year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday.

  • Fairness needed for new Oklahoma utility rates for rooftop solar, small wind users, panel hears

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Under Senate Bill 1456, regulated electric utilities can apply to create a new customer class for users of rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines. Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy held the first of several meetings Thursday to discuss implementation of the law.

  • As Oklahoma wind industry matures, some call for greater regulation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ideas for possible regulation on wind farm siting and notification were discussed Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission meetings to study wind, solar issues

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    A pair of meetings will be held Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in Oklahoma City to discuss siting and setback issues with industrial wind farms.

  • Oklahoma still attractive to drillers

    BY PAUL MONIES, ADAM WILMOTH and JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Our NewsOK Energy team chatted with readers Tuesday about drilling. You can join our energy Q&A’s on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about energy companies and developments across the state. Below is an unedited transcript of Tuesday's chat. NewsOK 9:34 a.m. Good morning. We'll get started with our energy chat at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK Sports 9:59 a.m. Hello. Let's get started in a few. Paul Monies 9:59 a.m. OK. Correct name now. Paul Monies 10:02 a.m. OK, folks.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court declines to reopen telephone case tainted by corruption

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Former customers of Southwestern Bell wanted the Oklahoma Supreme Court to set aside an earlier decision that forbid review of a Corporation Commission case that involved the vote of a bribed commissioner. Justices voted Monday not to reopen the case from 1989.

  • Online home-improvement network Porch among businesses highlighted at Oklahoma's Confluence conference

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Joanna Lord, vice president of marketing for Seattle-based startup Porch, will be the keynote speaker at the Confluence conference Saturday in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. The conference, in its second year, includes panels with filmmakers, marketers, journalists and other professionals using social media to build their audiences and businesses.

  • Consumer choice, flexibility key to dealing with rising electric bills

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    New federal environmental rules, transmission upgrades and reliability guidelines likely will increase electricity bills in the next few years, but consumers can benefit from technology and energy efficiency, panelists said at the Governor’s Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma regulators respond to labor commissioner on PSO environmental plan

    BY PAUL MONIES, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality officials said the agency properly implemented a settlement for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to deal with federal visibility rules. The process was questioned by Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who said DEQ didn’t get the approval of the Legislature and the governor.

  • Grand River Dam Authority signs contract for more wind generation in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    The Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma has signed a 20-year contract to take 100 megawatts of wind capacity from Apex Clean Energy Inc.’s Kay County wind farm.

  • Federal government plans to close Indiahoma Job Corps center in southwestern Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Labor Department said a performance review of Job Corps centers across the country found the Treasure Lake center in Indiahoma, in southwestern Oklahoma, had the lowest scores and would be closed.

  • Landowners file lawsuit against planned Oklahoma wind farm

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Landowners in central Oklahoma concerned about a wind farm planned by Apex Clean Energy Inc. want a federal judge to stop the development, claiming the turbines will affect their health and property values. A regional trade group for wind developers called the lawsuit frivolous and said similar cases have failed in other courts.

  • Attorneys general say federal regulators post incomplete data on proposed carbon dioxide rules

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 13 attorneys general who wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency. The group took issue with how EPA came up with its proposed rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.

  • Earthquake insurance market is growing in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With an increase in the number of earthquakes, Oklahoma homeowners are adding earthquake coverage to go along with their standard insurance policies. The state’s market for earthquake insurance has almost tripled in the last five years.

  • Confluence conference returns to Oklahoma City for digital creativity professionals

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The second Confluence conference will feature filmmakers, comedians, marketing professionals and others wanting to expand their reach online. Food trucks, local music and chocolate tastings also will be part of the daylong conference Sept. 6 at the Lyric Theatre at the Plaza in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District.

  • EPA plan for power plant carbon dioxide cuts draw reliability concerns in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Proposed federal rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions at electric power plants could affect reliability in the regional grid, policymakers and industry officials heard at a meeting organized by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • Major transmission line planned across Oklahoma, Arkansas receives federal approval for sales

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved plans to sell capacity on a $2 billion, 700-mile electricity transmission line that would take wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee. If it clears several more regulatory hurdles, the Plains and Eastern Clean Line could be in operation by 2018.

  • Oklahoma credit card users complain to federal regulators less than national average

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    An analysis of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013 found Oklahoma residents complained about their credit card companies at half the rate of the national average.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy sets meeting to discuss new solar, wind bill

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy is organizing a meeting in September to study how to implement Senate Bill 1456, which allows utilities to set up a new category of customers with rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves wind farm study

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will study wind farm siting, decommissioning and landowner notification in the coming months as part of a notice of inquiry requested by the Legislature.




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Paul Tue, Sep. 16 2014 11:59:51 AM CST @jwoods75 I think it will be No at 54%. Yes at 46%. That's my latest unscientific prediction! Undecideds will split 2/3 toward No.
Paul Tue, Sep. 16 2014 10:53:01 AM CST RT @jkaraian: Depending on turnout, non-Scots could comprise 10-15% of independence referendum voters LINK LINK
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 11:24:42 PM CST @mkokc My best guess is No with 54%, Yes with 46%. I think undecideds will break 2/3 to No. Will be interesting.
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 11:18:50 PM CST @mkokc Nope. Only residents can vote in the referendum. But they did lower the voting age to 16 for this election only.
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 10:49:14 PM CST The end of Empire and the rise of modern Scottish independence movement. (via @BBCNewsMagazine) LINK #longreads #indyref
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 04:15:15 PM CST RT @NewsOKEnergy: Attorney seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Oklahoma's #oilandgas production tax. (by @RickRmgreen) LINK
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 01:15:10 PM CST RT @SIPeteThamel: How will Ray Rice situation impact colleges? OU AD says school "unlikely" to take Green-Beckham if transferred today. htt…
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Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 12:25:15 PM CST What the Numbers Show About @nfl Player Arrests LINK (via @UpshotNYT)
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 12:14:53 PM CST RT @Mecoy: Oklahomans say business jargon cuts into communication LINK
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 12:13:17 PM CST Watch John Oliver's impassioned plea to keep England and Scotland together: LINK (via @slate) #indyref
Paul Mon, Sep. 15 2014 11:52:45 AM CST RT @OKenergybeat: ICYMI: Fairness needed in new Oklahoma utility rates for rooftop #solar, small #wind users, panel hears (by @pmonies) htt…
Paul Sun, Sep. 14 2014 07:29:55 PM CST Funny boy. https://t.co/Lnj6sIKhTR
Paul Sun, Sep. 14 2014 09:41:13 AM CST RT @specialreports: EU legal fog lets Scots bank on politics to keep them in LINK
Paul Sat, Sep. 13 2014 11:46:09 PM CST RT @nytimesscience: Turbine blades bigger than plane wings, high as a ​60-story building; there's monster wind power off Germany LINK
Paul Sat, Sep. 13 2014 04:41:42 PM CST New distributed generation tariffs to be offered for Oklahoma's rooftop #solar and small #wind turbine users in 2015. LINK
Paul Sat, Sep. 13 2014 09:57:59 AM CST RT @SilasAllen1: Lots of Oklahomans are pretty upset with the North Texas Tollway Authority. Here's why: LINK